Sessions at Web Directions South 2011 in Design Track

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Thursday 13th October 2011

  • A 21st Century Bestiary

    by Anne Galloway

    When we think about what the Web is, and what it can be, we tend to focus on interactions between people and computers, or between people and other computationally-enabled things. But what happens when these “things” are animals?

    In this talk, Anne will discuss the role that animals have played in shaping the Web so far, how the Web is enabling new ways of interacting with animals, and what we might expect from a future of human-animal-computer interaction.

    Covering everything from online farms and product traceability to animals that tweet and epizoic media, this talk will demonstrate that the Internet isn’t just made of cats, but also cows and birds and sheep and cockroaches and…

    At 9:15am to 10:15am, Thursday 13th October

    In Design Track, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre

    Coverage slide deck

  • Designing for change and disruption

    by Simon Wright and Scott Bryant

    Change is never a smooth process. How do know when disruption is useful and how do you cope with the feedback on it? Recently news.com.au, a national news website with large numbers of daily visitors, underwent a major upgrade which tore down existing and perhaps “expected” ways of presenting news. At the heart of the redesign was a desire for change that motivated and challenged every aspect of the team’s design thinking and process. In this co-piloted session Simon and Scott will fly you over the territories of change they encountered on the project, ones common to many redesign projects. They’ll descend through the experiences that came out of the redesign: fundamentals like stakeholders, requirements and their process for user experience architect and designer working side by side. Sprinkled with some of the twitter and facebook feedback the project received, they’ll touch down on the sticky issues of dealing with feedback and how to suck it up and utilise passionate user and stakeholder feedback.

    At 10:45am to 11:40am, Thursday 13th October

    In Design Track, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre

  • CSS3 - the web's Swiss Army Knife updated and improved

    by Stephanie Sullivan Rewis

    Throughout the years, the Swiss Army Knife has been the trusted companion of scouts and explorers alike, and for front-end developers, CSS has been a trusty, if sometimes frustrating, companion. And just as blades, scissors and sundry tools have been added to the Swiss Army Knife, with CSS3, we have new tools and implements of creativity, and some tried and true tools have been honed and sharpened. Of course the key to success is knowing which of the many tools to use and how to wield them in a given situation. Join Stephanie Rewis as she explores some shiny enhancements to favorite old tools like backgrounds and borders, as well as slices and dices with new tools like CSS masks and more!

    At 11:45am to 12:40pm, Thursday 13th October

    In Design Track, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre

  • Multi-device, Multi-role

    by Alex Young

    No longer is being connected limited to the constraints of the traditional desktop environment. Devices, networks and the Web are maturing and evolving at a fast rate. Our expectations about what we want, how we want it and when we want it are more complex.

    Designing experiences for web for the “desktop” environment is something many of us have been doing for a while. Toss in “mobile”, sprinkle that with some social integration, a native app or two and things suddenly start getting a bit more interesting. How do you approach designing experiences that span multiple platforms and devices, contexts and roles to meet the evolving needs of our audiences?

    At 1:45pm to 2:35pm, Thursday 13th October

    In Design Track, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre

    Coverage slide deck

  • Getting Real: Pros and Pitfalls of Realistic UI Design

    by Aaron Weyenberg

    A new generation of touch devices have proven to be exciting playgrounds for app designers. And with every new product we create, we have the opportunity to offer the most clear and efficient experience for our users. Recent UI trends often lean to realistic, faithful representations of analog controls and features. These designs can offer advantages, but also come with their own set of hazards.

    In this session Aaron will lead you on a tour of current trends and practices, examining the strengths and drawbacks that realism brings. We’ll talk about things like mental models, innovation and usability as they relate to lifelike UI. Finally, Aaron will share some pragmatic guidelines to keep in mind as you build the next wave of mobile and touch apps.

    At 2:40pm to 3:30pm, Thursday 13th October

    In Design Track, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre

    Coverage slide deck

Friday 14th October 2011

  • All The Small Things

    by Relly Annett-​​Baker

    Microcopy is the ninja of online content. Fast, furious and deadly, it has the power to make or break your online business, to kill or stay your foes. It’s a sentence, a confirmation, a few words. One word, even. It isn’t big or flashy. It doesn’t leave a calling card. If it does its job your customer may never notice it was there.

    In this session, Relly will show you how you can bolster sales and reflect your company and client’s values through just a few well-chosen words. Designers? Do you get lumped with the interaction copy? Developers? Do you get left trying to make meaningful error messages? Ecommerce managers? Do you want an easy increase in sales? This session will help. It will be a lot of fun. You should definitely come.

    At 10:45am to 11:40am, Friday 14th October

    In Design Track, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre

  • You're Already a Game Designer

    by Paris Buttfield-Addison

    Gamification’s still the hot new thing, somehow, but it’s a term that’s poorly applied and even more poorly understood.

    In this session, you’ll learn how gamification has been with us all along, how to design with your user’s emotions in mind, and how to go beyond badges, buttons and points.

    Bring your sense of fun, and be prepared to learn how your product is already a game — you just need to point it out!

    At 11:45am to 12:40pm, Friday 14th October

    In Design Track, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre

  • Designing without the browser

    by Hannah Donovan

    Innovation is intensifying off the browser — the things we use everyday are increasingly controlled by touch, gesture and voice. And we, as interaction designers, are faced with a challenge that’s the opposite of our browser-​​based one-​​man-​​shop: there’s suddenly a gulf of production between our concept and the final product; the means of production is as tricky to navigate as a roster of Tolstoy characters; mistakes are expensive; and everyone speaks a different language. Sound dangerous? Sound exciting?

    Donovan argues the processes for the future lie in our more material-​​based graphic designer pasts, and our cousin disciplines of industrial design and architecture. After a decade of honing our newfangled browser-​​based skills, learn how to dust off and sharpen the tools of our roots.

    At 1:45pm to 2:35pm, Friday 14th October

    In Design Track, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre

  • Move It! CSS3 Transitions and Animations

    by Greg Rewis

    Since the early days of the web, the only reliable way to get movement on your site was through Flash, or more recently, Javascript. But now, with WebKit and Mozilla leading the way, transformations and transitions can be done with pure CSS, even on mobile devices. And for those in need of even more movement, CSS3 provides for keyframe-based animations. In this session, we’ll take a look at all of the possibilities and explore what works and where — from the simplest effects, to creative usability enhancements including the combination of CSS with mobile Javascript frameworks.

    At 2:40pm to 3:30pm, Friday 14th October

    In Design Track, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre